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Hi, hello, guess who!  Yup, Norine again!

I’ve got another layout to share today.  Because I still have some winter pictures and some paper left from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And I doubt that today’s layout will be the last!


I’m going to share with you, some process photos of the cute evergreen branches and how I made them.  Because the photo has a pot planted at the side of the stairs, full of pines and evergreen boughs, and the paper line has some evergreen motifs included, I wanted to make an accent of that.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I daubed on a variety of green colors and lots of water.  I pushed the color around for a bit and then let it dry.  Watercolor pigment dries lighter though, so when it did, I realized I needed more brown color.


Had I started with more brown paint, I don’t think it would have dried with the distinct green undertones like it did, but rather would have blended together and ended up much muddier.  I really like this result.


So, once it was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot die cutting machine, with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies called Holiday Greens.  Because I was cutting watercolor paper which is thicker and more textured than regular card stock, I found that I needed to add a shim of another piece of paper in addition to the acrylic cutting plate.  That little bit of extra thickness made all the difference.


Et voila!


Here’s how they looked on the finished layout.


I’m kind of into the look of lots of layers of mat papers behind the photo.  In this case, I used one of the journaling cards cut from one of the papers in the kit to add a bit of blue plaid to the mix.  It’s unlikely I’d used it as a card front or journaling card for Project Life, so it feels extra productive to used it as a photo mat instead.


I added my journaling straight to the layout after drawing lines in pencil to keep the text straight.  Then I stitched the lines on the sewing machine and erased the pencil lines.


I kind of also like the look of layering up elements that don’t actually have anything to do with the theme of the layout, like the chipboard flower from Blue Fern Studios.  I dunno….it works in my head…

Other supplies used: Simple Stories alphabet stickers (AT), Photo Play alphabet stickers (HOME), Bella Blvd washi tape, Pebbles Inc - Jen Hadfield phrase stickers, Crate Paper label sticker, Evalicious puffy sticker.


That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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Brown Paper Packages….Day 2….

Hi, hello!  We’re back again today with more holiday gift bags inspiration.

Next in the series is this cute little bag, perfectly sized to gift a cd or dvd or even just a super nice envelope for a card!  I stenciled this one as well, like I did for yesterday’s bag, (you can check it out here) but I didn’t own any nice sized stencils so I made this one with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the “stencil” from basic cardstock because I knew I’d only be using it once and that cardstock would easily hold up for minimal uses.  If I wanted to use it more than just this project, I might cut if from acetate or a stencil plastic sheet.  Then, I ink daubed it and silver heat embossed, before the addition of die cut branches and boughs, and a white glitter leaf.


I stamped a sentiment on a metal rimmed tag, tied on some ribbon and twine and added a miniature clothespin to make it good and secure! (Ha.  The clothespin is purely decorative.  Hugely supported with some strong adhesive on the back of the tag).


Thanks for stopping back today; come again tomorrow for more cute ideas like this one!

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